Didn’t see the 2021 season turning around like this for the New York Yankees, did you? After largely limping for the first five and a half months of the year, the Bombers seem be to carrying the momentum and swag everyone thought they would’ve during their 13-game winning streak at the perfect time.
But the rivalry hits different, and any chance New York has to gain a leg up while having it come at the expense of the Boston Red Sox is one every Yankees fan can cherish … and one every Sox fan can mentally store as sports trauma.
Giancarlo Stanton did the honors on Saturday night, belting a clutch two-out grand slam in the top of the eighth inning with the Yanks trailing 2-1. Six outs later, and New York and Boston were tied for the top spot in the AL Wild Card race.
But that wasn’t even the best part.
Fenway Park went dead silent after the mammoth blast, outside of the Yankees fans in attendance losing their minds. And, of course, the NESN broadcast couldn’t believe their eyes.
Their dejected call of Stanton’s grand slam really made that 0-7 start against the Sox in 2021 that much easier to swallow.
The NESN broadcast was dejected when calling Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam during Yankees-Red Sox.
Sox manager Alex Cora heading to the mound to talk some sense into Darwinzon Hernandez looked like it was going to be a moment of motivation for the Sox. If the lefty could sneak one by Stanton after being all over the place in the previous at-bat with Anthony Rizzo at the plate, he could take control of the count and maybe get the slugger to chase.
Can’t sneak a 94 MPH fastball down the middle by him, though! Some pep talk from Cora that must’ve been!
“Ohhhh. Oh my God. He hit that one a mile. Stanton with a grand slam … you almost don’t know what to say.” The tone. The extended pockets of silence. The camera cutting to the Yankees wildly celebrating in the dugout. It was all just … perfect.
Dave O’Brien and Dennis Eckersley were living out every Sox fan’s biggest nightmare on live television. We’ll save this one for later use.
Until then, the Yankees have a sweep to complete on Sunday Night Baseball. How the tables have truly turned.